A friend of mine from high school is an Army anesthesiologist. He wrote this post last week on Facebook. He either recently deployed or will be deploying soon to Afghanistan. Thought I would spread the message.
Last month in the Wounded Warrior Clinic, I was interviewing a 23 year-old SGT who had high, bilateral AKAs [above-knee amputations] from his injuries sustained from a pressure-plate IED back in May 2013. His stumps were progressing nicely and during the next visit, if signed off by ortho, he would be fitted for his initial prosthetics. He was a thoughtful young man with a relaxed southern drawl wearing an “Embrace the Suck” t-shirt. He was nervous initially, understandably from being questioned by a physician almost twice his age who did not have combat patch on the right arm of his ACUs. He warmed up to me when I started asking about his unit and where he was stationed. I found out he was stationed at the same COP in _______ province [Afghanistan] where I will be going. One of my final questions I posed to him was what suck would I be required to embrace. This young man with two amputations and TBI [traumatic brain injury] told me it was the fleas in the summertime. “Sir, our families start sending us dog flea and tick collars in the early spring. We put them on our gear and our uniforms so we don’t get so bit up outside the wire.”
So please add Hartz 2-1 collars, preferably in multicam or marpat pattern, in your Christmas care packages to your soldier or marine. They will be greatly appreciated.
I checked to see whether this need had been publicized. Looks like about 10 years ago, the Pentagon told people not to send flea collars to troops, because they are not approved for human use. I would think that the use described above (without direct contact with the skin) would not be harmful, however. Something to consider.